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FEMA team to help Valley fire victims register for federal aid Sunday

Patti Murphy walks down a road toward her burned home on September 15 in the town of Cobb. Murphy’s and her neighbor’s home were likely the first to catch fire in the Valley blaze.
Patti Murphy walks down a road toward her burned home on September 15 in the town of Cobb. Murphy’s and her neighbor’s home were likely the first to catch fire in the Valley blaze. rpench@sacbee.com

A Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster-survivor assistance team will be on hand Sunday to help victims of the Valley fire register for federal assistance.

The team will be at the Hidden Valley Lake Campground from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The campground is at 19234 Hidden Valley Road, Middletown.

Residents also may apply for assistance by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Online registration assistance is available on the Disaster Assistance website, www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by using a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.

Residents can also call the Small Business Administration’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first-responders to build, sustain and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, recover from and mitigate hazards.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.

It helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations, according to a news release.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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